Workout Tips

5 Best Body Type Fixes for the Classic Exercises

Work with your genes, not against them, to achieve your goals.

Expendables Workout - Farmer's Walk

Good training plans always have presses, squats, deadlifts, rows, and pullups. But choosing the best variants of these lifts depends  on who you are and how your body is suited to them. In other words, the best bench press for you may not be a conventional bench at all. 
Let your genetics determine your lifts for faster gains and fewer injuries. Here's some advice if you're having issue with these key moves.

Barbell Bench Press

Body Type: Long arms, fragile shoulders.

Long-limbed and lean guys have poor leverage for benching. Substitute floor presses, which minimize the distance the bar travels. Neutral-grip incline dumbbell presses and pushups are other good options.

Barbell Deadlift

Raised Deadlift

Body Type: Short arms, poor ankle and hamstring flexibility.

A combination of short arms, long legs, and/or poor flexibility can cause you to round your lower back. To keep your spine safe, pull sumo (feet out wide) or place the bar on a rack 8 inches from the floor.

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